History of Mozzarella

Oct 1, 2018   //   by mamaginas   //   Blog  //  Comments Off on History of Mozzarella

Since so many of our dishes here at Mama Gina’s Pizza require fresh mozzarella, we decided to give you a little bit of history about where this yummy, gooey stuff comes from.

Legend says the first mozzarella was made by accident. Some cheese curds accidentally fell into a pail of hot water in a cheese factory near Naples… and mozzarella was born.

mozarellaHistorically, it is true that mozzarella was first made near Naples, but how it happened, well that has been lost to time. Back then, it was made from the rich milk of water buffaloes native to the area and still made with the same milk today. The most highly prized artisanal mozzarella is produced in the same region. Small factories continue the centuries-old tradition of making buffalo mozzarella fresh daily and Italians stand in line to get their fix!

Today, mozzarella is actually made from all different kinds of milk — buffalo, cow, goat, camel — or a mixture of two or more of these. It can be made with part skim (for better stabilization during shipping) or with whole milk.

In point of fact, mozzarella is relatively easy to make at home, although extremely time consuming. It requires only four ingredients — whole milk, rennet, citric acid and salt. The process involves heating the milk with citric acid, then taking it off the heat an adding rennet until the mass curdles. Then you cook the curds again. Then you cut the curds and drain the whey. Reheat the resulting drained curds again, then add salt and kneed. Reheat. Kneed. Reheat. Keep up the process until the cheese becomes smooth. If you are interested in making it fresh at home, there are plenty of recipes on the internet that you can try.

However, if you don’t feel like spending a couple of hours making your own cheese, come on over to Mama Gina’s and enjoy a variety of dishes with this mild, soft cheese.

Fun Facts:

  • Mozzarella is the #1 favorite cheese in every country around the world.
  • The people of Greece consume more cheese than any other nation – ¾ of that is feta cheese.
  • The production of cheese exceeds the production of coffee, tea, tobacco and cocoa beans combined. WOW! We really like our cheese!
  • Eaten in moderation, cheese in an excellent source of protein vitamin A, vitamin B, vitamin B1, calcium, phosphorus, sodium and iron.
  • 20 million metric tons of cheese is produced worldwide each year.
  • It takes 10 pounds of milk to make 1 pound of cheese.
  • Some varieties of cheese — mozzarella, American, Swiss and cheddar — help prevent tooth decay.
  • The word Mozzarella derives from the word “mozzatura” which means “cutting something by hand.
  • Processing a ton of buffalo milk yields twice as much mozzarella as a ton of cow milk.

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